Impetigo is a common skin infection that is caused by streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria. Methicillin-resistant staph aureus commonly called MRSA is becoming a common cause.

Many types of bacteria are found on the normal skin. Intact skin is an effective barrier that keeps bacteria from entering and growing in the body. When a break in the skin occurs, bacteria can enter the body and grow there. This causes inflammation and infection. A break in the skin may occur with animal and human bites, insect bites, and injury or trauma to the skin. Even if there is no visible break in the skin, it may occur.

It's most common in children, particularly in those children living in unhealthy living conditions, and young adults. Predisposing factors include crowded living conditions, poor hygiene, and neglected minor trauma. In adults, it may follow other skin disorders or a recent upper respiratory infection such as a cold.

It can have a single or possibly many blisters that are filled with pus. They are easy to pop. Impetigo is contagious and the infection is carried in the yellow or honey-colored fluid that oozes from the blisters. Avoid touching the area and don’t share towels, razors, clothing or other personal items.

A culture of the skin or wound usually grows the bacteria staphylococcus or streptococcus. This can also help to determine if Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) is the cause. It is important to treat the infection with the correct antibiotic.

Impetigo has been successfully treated by using tea tree oil.

MRSA Infections Occur Most Frequently in Hospitals and Healthcare
MRSA Infections Occur Most Frequently in Hospitals and Healthcare

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